Denisha P. McKenzie represents and counsels employers in all areas of labor and employment law in state and federal courts, as well as before state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).
A significant portion of her practice focuses on discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination cases, wherein she represents management in a variety of cases involving allegations of discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, and occupational injuries, among other claims.
McKenzie also focuses her practice on providing advice to clients regarding employee rights and benefits, including wage and hour, meal and rest periods, occupational safety and health, paid sick leave, family and medical leave, agricultural worker protections, and a variety of other statutorily-mandated employee protections. As part of this work, she regularly drafts employment documents, including handbooks, leave policies, severance and settlement agreements, arbitration agreements, and injury and illness prevention manuals.
McKenzie is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she was a member of the school's Inaugural Class. As a law student, Denisha co-founded the Orange County Human Rights Association (OCHRA); was one of the first student co-authors of the inaugural edition of the UC Irvine Law Review; and received the distinction of Pro Bono honors upon graduation for completing over 120 hours of pro bono legal work in law school. She currently serves on the University of California - Irvine (UCI) Law School's Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
Areas of Practice
Wage and Hour Issues
Wrongful Termination and Workplace Tort Litigation
Workplace Solutions, Advice and Training
University of California, Irvine School of Law, J.D. 2012, Pro Bono Honors
Tufts University, B.A. 2009, Honos Civicus
"San Francisco Giants Narrowly Recover Right to Compel Arbitration on Appeal," California Employment Law Letter, November 2017
“Can You Fire an Employee For Off-Duty Conduct?” Co-Author, Orange County Business Journal, October 16, 2017
"The Price of Bullying: Why Pizzerias Should Protect Employees from Abusive Conduct on the Job," Co-Author, PMQ Pizza Magazine, May 2017
"Employee Bullying Claims Can Bury Your Business," Co-Author, QSRweb.com, April 2017
"Learn These 10 Strategies To Avoid Common – And Costly – Employee Lawsuits In The Transportation Industry In California," Co-Author, Transportation & Logistics International, January 2017
"Supreme Court Leaves Massive Attorney’s Fee Award Against EEOC Unresolved,” May 2016
"AB 1522 Requires California Employers to Update Paid Sick Leave Policies," September 2014
"New California Employment Laws for 2013," December 2013
"Orange County Human Rights Association: A New Student Group for a New Era," March 2011
“The Complexities & Opportunities: Achieving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Law Schools and the Legal Profession,” Panel Member, UC Irvine School of Law - Summit II, October 2016
“Business Compliance with California’s Rigorous Employment Laws,” June 2016
“Compliance with EEOC’s Guidelines on the Use of Conviction Records,” September 2015
“Joint Employer Liability for Employers of Temporary Workers in California, July 2015
“Employment Discrimination Update: Recognition and Elimination of Bias,” January 2015
"2014 Update for California Employers," December 2014
“16th Annual LatCrit Conference, Avoiding the Pitfalls of Tradition,” October 2011
President, Thurgood Marshall Bar Association, Orange County, 2018
- President-Elect, 2017
- Vice President, 2016
Listed, Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars, 2018 - 2019
Alumni Representative, University of California Irvine School of Law, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, 2016 - 2017
Board of Directors, Family Support Network, 2016 - 2017